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PSYC2016: Perception, Cognition, and Intelligence

In this unit of study, you will study three of the core topics of Psychology: Perception, Cognition, and Intelligence. Our sensory systems generate our experience of our bodies and what exists in the world. In the perception component, you will learn how our sensory systems influence our ability to act in the world and the conditions and consequences of perceptual errors. The cognition component of the course will focus on the theoretical and methodological issues that arise in how we attend to, remember, think, problem solve, and make decisions, and consider the consequences of how biases and heuristics influence our choices. The intelligence component will explore the historical evolution of the concept of intelligence, issues in its measurement, the relationship to concepts of creativity, emotional intelligence, and the influence of the environment. You will participate in inquiry-led tutorials that will reinforce and expand on concepts in the unit, and develop broad thinking skills to relate evidence to rational arguments and choices that can be applied to any problem solving domain.

Code PSYC2016
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PSYC2013 or PSYC2014

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the 3 core areas of psychology taught in this course: perception, cognition, and intelligence
  • LO2. critique theories and research practices in perception, cognition, and intelligence
  • LO3. understand the core research design principles and statistical approaches used throughout psychology; apply them in a critical manner; and understand the main ethical principles guiding research in this discipline
  • LO4. apply the APA style of scientific writing to the generation of a research report
  • LO5. construct and create scientific information that can be communicated both orally and through written work to diverse groups
  • LO6. engage in culturally diverse group discussions to identify, recognise and debate the strengths and limitations in the various approaches used in perception, cognitive processes, and intelligence